When the Bucs practice on Wednesday to get ready for the Saints, it will be the first time we see Antonio Brown on the field working with his new team. The Bucs officially activated Brown to the 53-man roster after his eight game suspension was up.
In order to make room on the roster, the Bucs waived speedy wide receiver Cyril Grayson Jr., who returned one kick for 20 yards and had no catches on three targets in 2020.
Brown was brought in as an insurance policy for the Bucs’ wide receiver group that has seen Chris Godwin already miss four games this season while Mike Evans and Scotty Miller have played through their own injuries during the year.
Even when the whole unit gets healthy as the season goes along, Brown is expected to play a big role in the Bucs’ offense as he brings the talent of 11,263 career receiving yards and 75 career touchdowns with him. We could see a lot of three wide receiver and even four receiver sets with Evans, Godwin, Brown and Miller all lined up.
Brown is set to make his debut for the Bucs at home on Sunday night against the Saints with first place in the NFC South on the line. Bruce Arians said that the amount of playing time he’ll get depends on the ebb and flow of the game.
“It really depends on how the game goes,” Arians said. “If we’re successful with the package that we put him in, we’ll probably run it more. He’ll have his role – it could be 10 plays [or] it could be 35 plays. I wouldn’t anticipate 60 plays, for sure, but we’ll just see how it goes.”
The Bucs made some moves on the practice squad as well by signing offensive lineman John Molchon while also activating running back Kenjon Barber from the Reserved/Suspended list. They waived offensive guard Zack Bailey along with Aca’Cedric Ware from the squad.